In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Baker-Polito Administration is urging the public to stay home as much as possible to avoid person-to-person contact. However, should individuals and their families need to get outside for healthy, outdoor recreational activities, including walking, hiking, jogging, and bike riding, Massachusetts state parks and other natural resources managed by DCR remain open and accessible to the public.
In an effort to maintain access to outdoor recreation while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, this page offers helpful resources for understanding social distancing rules and etiquette at Massachusetts State Parks. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Massachusetts State Parks are experiencing higher than average usage. To help guide you in choosing a park to visit, please see the Find a DCR Park Map below. This map will be updated regularly as parking restrictions and recommendations change.
Lifeguards are professional rescuers, trained to help prevent injuries and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together to calmly and efficiently manage crisis situations.
With a commitment to water safety, the Department is in need of certified lifeguards and head lifeguards to work at our many pools as well as at our inland and ocean beaches. If you think you've got what it takes to work as part of our lifeguard team, check out the information in this guide and apply today!
Ready to explore the great outdoors? Check out Massachusetts state parks.
You can get short-term and long-term permits to do a variety of activities in state parks.
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